Photograph of James E. McDonald PhD, one of several high-profile scientists who participated in the Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects hearings in front of the US House of Representatives Committee on Science and Astronautics, in 1968. The image is in the public domain.
I have provided here information about the UFO phenomenon, to help put the research of David M. Jacobs, PhD, of Temple University, recently retired, in context.
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Astronautics Symposium on Unidentified Flying Objects
In 1968, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Astronautics held a symposium on unidentified flying objects. Six high-profile scientists made statements, and a number of additional scientists submitted written statements.
The symposium report can be accessed on the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) website.
Unidentified Flying Objects Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence (The Rockefeller UFO Report)
In 1995, Laurance S. Rockefeller funded a report on UFOs, Unidentified Flying Objects Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence, otherwise known as the Rockefeller UFO Report. It was created by Marie “Bootsie” Galbraith, the wife of investment banker Evan Galbraith (who was the U.S. ambassador to France from 1981 to 1985, and the U.S. secretary of defense representative to Europe and NATO from 2002 to 2007). The report, written primarily by Don Berliner, is a compilation of UFO cases and public statements by leaders in government and science. It was prepared under the auspices of the UFO Research Coalition, and aimed at leaders of the world’s governments, scientific communities, and the press.
The Rockefeller UFO Report can be accessed on the Biblioteca Pléyades website.
Physical Evidence Related to UFO Reports (The Sturrock Panel Report)
In 1998, an international review panel of nine physical scientists of diverse expertise responded to presentations by eight investigators of UFO reports, who were asked to present their strongest data. The review was initiated by Laurance S. Rockefeller, and organized and directed by Peter A. Sturrock, PhD, professor of applied physics at Stanford University. Von R. Eshleman, PhD, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford University, co-chaired the panel, and it was supported administratively by the Society for Scientific Exploration. The panel findings were published in a report, Physical Evidence Related to UFO Reports, also known as the Sturrock Panel Report.
The Sturrock Panel Report can be accessed on the Wayback Machine website.
Stanford News Service issued a press release about the Sturrock Panel Report.
In 2000, Sturrock published the Sturrock panel findings in a book, The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence.
UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For? (The COMETA Report)
In 1999, the French Committee for In-Depth Studies (COMETA), chaired by General Denis Letty of the French Air Force, published a report, UFOs and Defense: What Should We Prepare For?, also known as the COMETA Report. The report details the results of a study of UFOs over several years by the Institute for Advanced National Defense Studies (IHEDN) which is directly reponsible to the French prime minister. It has a foreword by Professor André Lebeau, former chairman of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES), and a preamble by the former director of IHEDN, General Bernard Norlain of the French Air Force.
The Cometa Report can be accessed on the Internet Archive website.
UFO Disclosure Project National Press Club Conference (2001)
On May 9, 2001, a group of about 20 military, intelligence, government, corporate, and scientific witnesses came forward at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to testify that they had witnessed evidence of UFOs, and called for congressional hearings on the subject.
UFO Disclosure Project (1:55:51)
Out of the Blue Documentary Film
American filmmaker James C. Fox produced a feature-length documentary film on the UFO phenomenon, Out of the Blue, which premiered in theaters in July 2002 and, and on television in June 2003. It attempts to show, through interviews with members of the scientific community, eyewitnesses, and high-ranking military and government personnel, that some UFOs could be of extraterrestrial origin, and that secrecy and ridicule are used to shroud the issue.
Out of the Blue (1:47:28)
Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings Documentary Film
In 2007, Canadian filmmaker Paul Kimball made a documentary film, Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings, which documented the top ten UFO cases that a selection of the world’s most prominent UFO researchers voted as having the best evidence. It originally aired on Space in Canada, and TVNZ in New Zealand.
Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings (47:17)
UFO Disclosure Press Conference at the National Press Club
On 12 November 2007, a UFO disclosure press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Organized by filmmaker James Fox and investigative journalist Leslie Kean, the event was moderated by Fife Symington, a former Governor of Arizona. Fourteen panelists from seven countries, with backgrounds in government, the military, and aviation, called on the U.S. government to reopen its official investigation of UFOs, citing important defense, national security, and aviation safety issues.
(NOTE: This video has the same thumbnail and opening title sequence as the Out of the Blue video, but is a different video.)
UFO Disclosure Press Conference (1:36:25)
I Know What I Saw Documentary Film
American filmmaker James C. Fox produced a documentary film on the UFO phenomenon, I Know What I saw, as a sequel to his 2002 documentary film Out of the Blue. It was released as a History Channel special in 2009. Based on accounts from Air Force generals, astronauts, military and commercial pilots, and government and FAA officials from seven countries, the film attempts to show that some UFOs could be of extraterrestrial origin, and to throw light upon why those involved at the highest levels may have chosen government secrecy over public disclosure.
I Know What I Saw (1:33:13)
UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference at the National Press Club
On September 27, 2010, UFO researcher and author Robert Hastings, and former U.S. Air Force missile launch officer Robert Salas, co-sponsored the UFO-Nukes Connection press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The event was streamed live by CNN, and seven U.S. Air Force veterans testified about UFO incursions at nuclear weapons sites during the Cold War era.
UFO-Nukes Connection Press Conference (1:27:26)
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